Tuesday, May 1, 2012

MRLR May "Fab Foodie" Cookbook Contest (and April winners!)

I am so excited about this month's prize giveaway!

 I LOVE cookbooks and I'm thrilled to be able to offer this beautiful collection of 6 fabulous new cookbooks as this month's prize.

The winner will receive all 6 cookbooks, valued at over $120 !!!

To enter the contest, leave a comment below. And in keeping with the foodie theme, name your all-time favorite cookie with your comment, to be eligible to win.

No anonymous comments please. Please sign in with your blog account to enter if at all possible.

And check back the first week of June to find out if you are the winner! If you are the winner, you have two weeks to claim your prize.

Winner will be chosen by a random system.

Contest open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

Here are my mini-reviews of the contest cookbooks:

Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking by Carla Kelly ($17.95 U.S./CDN $21.95) : If you are a vegan, vegetarian or wannabee for either, this is a new cookbook you'll definitely want to check out. Combining the ease and convenience of one-pot slow-cooking with a wide array of tempting, all-vegan recipes. The book also includes a handy "to serve with" section that offers 30 pages of side dishes, salads and breads to round out your slow-cooker dinner creations! An attractive, easy to use recipe format throughout. By the author of The Quick and Easy Vegan Bake Sale. Great for meat-eaters too, looking to add some new non-meat options to their recipe repertoire.

The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman ($16.95 U.S./CDN $19.95): The sub-title for this book, 100 Recipes that Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket, says it all! A family-style cookbook with a definite "kid friendly" recipe emphasis. Would make a great gift for any mom on your list. Serving up the must -have comfort recipes including: Fudgy One-Pot Brownies, Lunchbox Wraps, Corn Chowder, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Variations, Caesar Salad and many more. Over 300 pages with tempting color photos throughout. Some good tips for "change-ups" and vegetarian options too. Also numerous suggestions for getting the kids involved with the cooking! A fun cookbook.

Popcorn Treats by Hannah Miles ($15.95 U.S./CDN $18.95): What a fun and rather unique cookbook this is! A must-have for all popcorn lovers (and who isn't??). In addition to a variety of sweet and savory flavoured popcorn ideas, the book also includes recipes for: popcorn cookies, rocky road popcorn slice, popcorn pie, even popcorn lollipops! Tempting photos throughout this 64 page cookbook.

Pop Party. 40 Fabulous Cake Pops, Props and Cakes by Clare O'Connell ($19.95 U.S./CDN $23.95) : If you are planning a special birthday or other celebration and are looking for some show-stopping handmade sweet treats to make; this is a cookbook you'll enjoy checking out. So what exactly is a Cake Pop? Moist, delectable cake "bites" decorated to match a party's theme, usually served on long sticks and embellished with all kinds of fanciful icings and decorations. There are: Turtle Pops, Tiger Pops, Crocodile Pops, Tiered Cake Pops....in addition to several gorgeous cakes including a Pink Ruffle Cake that would be a big hit at a baby shower or for your little princess' next birthday party. Instructions for other types of party decorations are also included: paper roses, pinwheels, cake bunting, pom-poms... A stunning and visually appealing presentation throughout.

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day ($24.95 U.S./CDN $29.95) : To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Back in the Day Bakery (a Savannah, Georgia landmark) authors/owners Cheryl and Griffith Day have put together a collection of some of their customers all time fav recipes. Down-home Southern treats that are tempting and sure to please. Recipes included many of the "baking basics/must-haves": Blueberry Muffins, Brown Sugar Banana Bread, 'Nana Cream Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookies....to the oh so decadent choices: Drunk Blondies, Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Bread, Pecan Brittle...the list goes on and on. Over 200 pages of recipes, cooking tips and shared recipe origins and memorable moments. This is Southern-comfort cooking with stick-to-the ribs" appeal. Definitely not for diet days though LOL. A great gift idea for your favorite baker too.

American Bar by William Yeoward ($24.95 U.S./CDN $28.95): If you've always wanted an easy-to-follow home guide to making those amazing, upscale cocktails. The kind served in some of the finest hotels and bars in the world. Then this is a book you won't want to miss. The author takes his readers on a tour of 5 of his all time fav, iconic bars: The Connaght Bar, Annabel's, Berkeley Blue Bar, Beaufort Bar at the Savoy and The American Bar at the Savoy. From each of these places, Yeoward chooses his favorite cocktail recipes to share. Over 100 cocktail recipes are included: Amber Manhattan,Gin Lane, Absinthe Drip (oh, that sounds intriguing!), JF Julep, The Connaght Martini to name but a few. The book also includes some of the author's favorite personal recipes for canapes, suggestions for glassware and presentation and numerous tips and techniques. Would be a wonderful house-warming gift to accompany a bottle of the host's favorite spirits. Beautiful photos and presentation throughout.

Stop by the Thomas Allen website to read more about all of these fabulous cookbooks and browse  their other wonderful,top-quality book choices too. And if you can't wait to see if you've won the contest, there are ordering options for all of these books at Thomas Allen & Son.


And the April Earth Month winner's of the two Nature Clean Gift Sets are:

Brenda/Mullin Ave Workshop and Jessica/The Middle Class Mom.

Update June 1st. Jessica has not claimed her prize so a new winner has been chosen: Jen at Muddy Boot Dreams is the alternate winner.
Congrats Brenda and Jen!

Please email your mailing address to: MRLR at myway.com and I'll get your prizes sent out.
Good luck in the Fab Foodie Contest and Happy Cooking! :<) 


  1. Geraldine,
    Each of these books looks so interesting!
    What an awesome giv-a-way!
    One of my favourite cookie recipes, is for a delicous jam cookie, called Butterbuds.
    I was given this recipe, by the cook at our daycare center about 15 years ago, and the children loved these. This was a family recipe, which her mother mad frequently for her large family, and they are economical, and simple.

    I am absolutely SHOCKED to have won April's give-a-way!!!!
    (I NEVER win contests.)
    I am also THRILLED!
    Many thanks!

    1. Geraldine,
      BTW, I would like to opt out of the contest this month - because I was lucky to win April's prize. Someone else's turn!

  2. My favourite cookie would have to be a chocolate chip cookie!

  3. I love chocolate chip cookies, heavy on the chips please!

  4. My favorite cookie is my daughters homemade chocolate chip. What a wonderful give away.

  5. I absolutely LOVE homemade peanut butter cookies.

  6. I'm not entering the contest (family ties and all!) but I do think it's a great contest. These books are all unique cookbooks. Something for everyone here.

    My favorite is chocolate cookies. Yummy.

  7. Hi Brenda, Congrats on the win! I'm sure you're going to enjoy your prize pkg. I love winning good things too, I know how you feel. ;<)

    Hi Glogirl, Chalbe and Joan, I'm guessing yours is going to be the popular cookie of choice by the end of this contest! A very good cookie, always!

    Hi Driii, Yumm, I love those too.

    Hi Joe, It is a great contest, I agree. I was so happy to be able to offer such a wonderful cookbook collection for this month's prize.

    And my fav cookie? Well, hard to say, there are so many good ones. I think I'd have to choose a nice homemade chocolate chip too. Gotta be homemade though!

    Good luck everyone, G :<)

  8. double chocolate chip cookie

  9. I love ginger snaps

  10. Love to actually win these books, looks like a great read.

  11. My favourite cookies are ginger snaps!

  12. What a fun way to enter a giveaway :D *yum*
    My fav is my mom's peanut butter cookies

  13. This is the most amazing, generous giveaway. Thanks so much!
    My favorite cookie is a butterscotch chocolate chunk extravaganza that we used to get from the nearby coffee shop at work. Huge and scrumptious!
    Thanks again

  14. Hi Vesper, So nice to "see" you again. Your cookie is my kind of cookie too! :<)

    Hi Anonymous, Please read the "rules" above. No anonymous comments, thanks.

    Hi Arash, Include your fav cookie to be entered.

    Hi Jemrah, Oh I love those too. Especially the really crisp 'snaps'! ;<)

    Hi Sydney, And wonderful to see you again too. I love PB cookies too.

    Hi Carl, I'm glad you like the contest. I'm excited about these great books for prizes too. Sounds like those cookies were a generous snack!

    Hi Fricasse, Yummm...

    Good luck everyone, G :<)

  15. i want to learn to cook better, and i see these beautiful magazines with content i want to peruse. i wonder if i am like a banker who helped me get an account at chase. (it took me six months, but i just switched to a credit union last week.) anyway, the banker was really nice and after he learned i was a writer he said that he planned to write a book once he bought an ipad. well, i may be wrong, but i don't think he ever wrote the book. it just doesn't usually work like that. i really don't think i'm like that guy. if i get those magazines, i too plan to jumpstart into a cooking career!:)

    my favorite cookies are vegan chocolate chip that somehow don't taste vegan at all. they are thin and rich and bend if you hold them by the edge. i've had these cookies once.

  16. Oh Dog! My favorite cookies are peanut butter! mmmmm......

  17. My all-time favorite cookie?? Oh that's a toughie...when I was a kid my fave was FugeeO's and I love chocolate chip, but years ago when I worked at a Tim Hortons, my favorite was peanut butter/chocolate chunk and fresh from the over macaroons dipped in chocolate ...yummmmmmy.

    I guess I don't have a favorite, I just love em all Geraldine lol

  18. Oatmeal Raisin for me ... yummm ... Peanut Butter or Ginger Cookies or ... or ... or ... :D

  19. oooh, yummy!! thank you so much for the chance to win! i like sugar cookies!! thank you!!


  21. Hi Ed, I'm always amazed when people say they can't cook. To me, it's second nature. I'm sure you'd be a great cook, if you got started. Creativity is a big part of being a good cook and that you are. Those cookies sound divine. If it can be vegan and delish, I'm all for it!

    Hi Rumpy, Good choice! I thought it might be Milk bone LOL.

    Hi Cathy, I LOVE macaroons, all kinds. Yummm...you made me want one right now.

    Hi Becca, Hard to nail down a first choice? I hear ya!

    Hi Carrie, Welcome to MRLR. Sugar cookies always remind me of Christmas.

    Hi MK, Yes, another goodie in the cookie category.

    Good luck everyone. Now I want a cookie (or two...) BAD!!! LOL

    Happy Weekend, G

  22. What a great giveaway! It's hard for me to pick just 1 favourite cookie, but my current fave is a Chewy Chocolate M&M cookie, that I improvise on, depending on what's in the cupboard.

  23. Mmm. My favorite cookie is the Cook's Illustrated recipe for the "Perfect" chocolate chip cookie. I don't know if they're perfect, but they are delectable!


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